The Lexington Chapter meets on the first Thursday of every month for an educational program and to share some social time. During some months there are additional meetings. Visitors are always welcome. For information please contact our President, Beate Popkin.
Guided by the philosophy of Lorrie Otto . . .
“If suburbia were landscaped with meadows, prairies, thickets, or forests, or combinations of these, then the water would sparkle, fish would be good to eat again, birds would sing and human spirits would soar.”
This year, our Wild Ones chapter meetings ended with a bang, and I mean this literally. Actually, with many bangs as enthusiastic members and visitors pounded mushroom spores into freshly cut oak logs in anticipation of seeing delicious Shiitake mushrooms sprout from those logs in another year or two. This event was a fitting finish for a well received series of lectures, outings and other events that our program committee, co-chaired by Beverly James and Mary Carol Cooper, had organized.
Beyond the programs offered at our regular meetings, we held a publicly advertised garden tour in 2013, our major fundraiser for the year. Three native plant gardens in Lexington were open to the general public. We also engaged in a campaign to raise awareness about the decline of Monarch butterflies; we encouraged gardeners to plant Monarch way stations and to get them certified by Monarch Watch. At our way station awards ceremony in October we drew lots for prizes from 29 Wild Ones related entries in central Kentucky.
Our newsletter, overseen by Ann Bowe and edited by Judy Johnson, went into its second year of publication with strong support from our members. The newsletter team aims to publish stories of local interest as well as articles that address ecological concerns.
Our chapter is governed by a 9-member board. This fall 3 board members retired: Mary Carol Cooper, who was a founding member of the chapter and served as treasurer for many years; Steve Swift, who has served for 3 years including lately as membership co-chair; and Doug Rigsby who served for one year. Our new members, voted into office at our membership meeting on December 7, are Karen Lanier, Josie Miller, and Mary Turner. All bring extensive experience with gardens and plants to our organization and we are delighted that they are joining our board.
At this point in time, our chapter has 93 members. However, since membership is by household and some of our member units have more than one person registered, our actual membership exceeds 100. Such a large group brings many skills and connections to the task of raising ecological awareness in central Kentucky, and we hope to tap some of those resources as we set chapter goals for the future.
-- Beate Popkin, President
All new members and those renewing at the "wilder" or "wildest" level will receive a free DVD of the updated how-to film Wild About Wildflowers.
Contact Linda Porter for more information about Membership.
We have included sources that carry non-native plants as well as natives. We want to support our local businesses, and encourage their promotion of native plants.
These are some places you can visit in and around Central Kentucky to see native habitat and vegetation. Some are only open by appointment. Others have scheduled guided tours.
List of Favorite Native Plants for the Central Kentucky area, compiled by the Lexington Wild Ones Chapter.
Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy
Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines by William Cullina
Trees & Shrubs of Kentucky by Mary E Wharton, Roger W Barbour
Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky by Thomas G. Barnes and S. Wilson Francis
Gardening for the Birds by Thomas G. Barnes
How to Find and Photograph Kentucky Wildflowers by Thomas Barnes - Book Review
Growing and Propagating Wildflowers By Harry Phillips
Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians by Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart
Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East by Carolyn Summers - Book Review
President: Beate Popkin
Secretary: Caroline Johnson
Treasurer: Tee Bergman
Members and friends of our club who have questions about gardening with native plants in central Kentucky can ask us for advice via e-mail. A Wild Ones member will respond to you and address your issue.